Objections over bid for late licence

Tang Restaurant, Fylde Road, Preston
Tang Restaurant, Fylde Road, Preston
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Dozens of neighbours have hit out at a bid for a karaoke restaurant to open until 5am.

Bosses at Tang Chinese restaurant in Preston’s Fylde Road have applied to sell alcohol until 4.30am and play music until 5am.

But objections have been lodged by environmental health and families living nearby, raising fears over potential noise problems.

A letter from senior environmental health officer Ian Massey said: “I am objecting to the variation/grant of the licence due to concerns about the likely effect of the application regarding the promotion of the licensing objectives, specifically that which relate to the prevention of public nuisance, essentially noise both internally and externally.

“My reasons concerning the grant and its adverse effect on the prevention of nuisance are that the premises are in close proximity to domestic dwellings, together with the structural attributes of the building, the proposed entertainment and the later times (with alcohol) to which the premises will be open.”

A further 24 letters of objection have been sent to Preston Council from neighbours, with some claiming they are already woken up by visitors leaving the restaurant at closing time, as well as the smashing of bottles in the bottle bin.

A meeting of Preston Council’s licensing sub-committee is to discuss the variation of the licence on Monday September 21.

Restaurant manager Robert Chan said: “We are looking to do it from a business point of view.

“We don’t want to anger or annoy anybody, it’s not our intention to annoy anybody.

“It is purely a business decision, it’s nothing personal against anybody.

“With regards to traffic, it’s not just the restaurant that causes traffic, there’s traffic anyway.

“We have tried to be as reasonable as we can, but if there are objections we will listen and we will take that on board.

“We’re not trying to make enemies of anybody.”

A report to be considered by the licensing sub-committee said it was the applicants’ intention to provide karaoke parties.